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(From Yorkshire Evening Post)
The number of food products to be recalled in the alert over the cancer-causing dye Sudan I has soared to 474.
A fresh list of 146 items was published by the Food Standards Agency last night.
The agency also announced that the vast majority of food contaminated with Sudan I has now been withdrawn by the companies concerned, in response to a deadline it set them.
Catering suppliers have also withdrawn affected products.
David Statham, the FSA director of enforcement, said: "This has been an enormous undertaking. Hundreds of products have been affected in thousands of shops. The vast majority of contaminated foods has now been removed and that provides some reassurance to consumers." "However, there may be some products remaining both in shops and in the catering sector and we will continue to work with local authorities to remove them as far is practical and achievable." Companies failing to ensure that food placed on the market is safe and fit for human consumption could face prosecution with maximum penalties of two years in prison and an unlimited fine at crown court.
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